AskDefine | Define tombolo

User Contributed Dictionary



pillow from tumulus, mound


  1. A spit of sand linking an island to the mainland (or to another island), formed by longshore drift.



  1. lace pillow or cushion
  2. a podgy person

Extensive Definition

For the Italian city, see Tombolo, Italy.
A tombolo is a deposition landform such as a spit or bar which forms a narrow piece of land between an island or offshore rock and a mainland shore, or between two islands or offshore rocks. They usually form because the island causes wave refraction, depositing sand and shingle moved by longshore drift in each direction around the island where the waves meet. Eustatic sea level rise may also contribute to accretion as material is pushed up with rising sea levels. This is the case with Chesil Beach which connects the Isle of Portland to Dorset in England which is notable as the shingle ridge is parallel rather than perpendicular to the coast.

See also

tombolo in German: Tombolo
tombolo in Spanish: Tómbolo
tombolo in French: Tombolo
tombolo in Korean: 육계사주
tombolo in Hindi: संयोजक रोधिका
tombolo in Italian: Tombolo (spiaggia)
tombolo in Dutch: Tombolo (vorm)
tombolo in Japanese: 陸繋島
tombolo in Norwegian Nynorsk: Tombolo
tombolo in Polish: Tombolo (geografia)
tombolo in Chinese: 連島沙洲
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